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    Sticky: Hospital rules for Cathy: Always wash hands...

    Hospital rules for Cathy:
    Always wash hands before touching. Caregiver stays with her, or I do. We are the only ones allowed to touch her unless absolutely necessary on their part. She is used to...
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    Sticky: We buy Cream of Tartar at the store- it is in the...

    We buy Cream of Tartar at the store- it is in the spices section. One teaspoon of that in a shot glass mixed with water twice a day. We use a half teaspoon to measure, as that is what fits in the...
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    Sticky: A guy here in Austin tells me he had his butt...

    A guy here in Austin tells me he had his butt bones shaved to get rid of the high points.
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    Sticky: My wife has gone to the hospital a lot. We have...

    My wife has gone to the hospital a lot. We have developed a practice that has kept the potential for infections down. When she goes, we send our caregiver, and the rest of the family takes turns...
  5. Thread: Cyberkinetics

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    Cyberkinetics

    Abybody know anything about Cyberkinetics? See the link:
    http://www.cyberkinetics.com/content/index.jsp
    I note thay say it has to be put in very soon after the injury, so its a little late for us,...
  6. Thread: Sure Hands

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    Those are great pictures. Cool thing you did with...

    Those are great pictures. Cool thing you did with the stick-ons for the buttons.

    My wife has sure hands lift. She is c5/6, and has no use of hands, so she hasn't been able to use it herself. We...
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    My wife uses an FES (Ergys2) at the local gym....

    My wife uses an FES (Ergys2) at the local gym. the difference has been obvious. Especially in her cardiovascular, and sirculatory. Before she would pass out, and have to have Midodrin before we could...
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    this just happened to my wife's chair. Call a DME...

    this just happened to my wife's chair. Call a DME supplier, and talk to the service guy. He will ask you how many lights are flashing. the number flashing is a trouble code, and he will look at a...
  9. Thread: Redman chair

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    I find myself in a bit of disagreement with the...

    I find myself in a bit of disagreement with the previous post, as it has been proven in astronauts that retaining pressure on bones does prevent loss of bone density, and upon return to a full...
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    I bought my wife's on e-bay, and the brand of it...

    I bought my wife's on e-bay, and the brand of it was a Hill-Rom- just like the hospital beds, etc. Very high quality, with a spring in it, and handle that you pull to make it go up or down. The top...
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    My wife has something called a "Sure ahnds" lift....

    My wife has something called a "Sure ahnds" lift. it's great, as it requires none of the sling stuff. It's expensive, but well worth it. She has no arm strength, so she can't help, but they say that...
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    The book entitled "Yes You Can" by the Paralyzed...

    The book entitled "Yes You Can" by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has a whole chapter on Home modifications, and several references. Get it at www.pva.org. They refer the NCSU site...
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    I bought one on E-bay for about 70 bucks. Steve

    I bought one on E-bay for about 70 bucks.
    Steve
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    Whenever I think Im having a bad day, I think of...

    Whenever I think Im having a bad day, I think of my wife. She's c5-6, and just smiles all the time. Never blames a soul, never complains, alays finds good in everything. And I'm the one who can walk!...
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    Why are you using an agency? Are there...

    Why are you using an agency? Are there limitations place by those who pay for the care? If so, what are thoselimitiations?
    My suuggestions:
    1. Find a private caregiver- many have the proper...
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    See this thread:...

    See this thread:
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=5106
    Steve
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    Houston FES

    I woul dthink that TIRR would have FES bikes at one of heir locations- they have several in Houston. call them.

    If not, come to austin, and we have two of them at teh Healthsouth facility. You...
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    Bed height

    It's not the chair- its the bed. It has a HUGE thick mattress on it. I believe its 20 inches...
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    Easystand

    Cathy has the EasyStand Evolv. It has a central frame rather than external, but seems to be missing on some things. We originally trialed the 5000, and it was OK, but this one is deifinitely better....
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    Shower chairs for the rich or well-insured

    I've been trying to get Cathy's insurance to buy a shower chair. I've figured out that most of them are crap (no pun intended). fortunately, she was at TIRR (rehab in Houston, TX), and we got to try...
  21. Thread: Need Advice

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    Neuromove

    Cathy has a Neuromove. It has 3 attachmnts (one sensor and two electrodes), and prompts you to try to move. When it senses your attempt above a certain threshold, it stimulates the muscle. It can...
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    Poll: Hmmmmmm....

    I guess familiarity really does breed contempt. Seems all o fyou know each other too well. I'm new here.

    My wife, Cathy is a c5-6 quad, and she has a Transfermaster Single XL with up/down/...
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    "gel"

    We use the intellibed. Look it up on the web. It uses a differnt type fo gel. Esseentially, it is a silocon rubber honeycomb (actually squares). they sell an overlay, and it does not slide, or bunch...
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    Midodrine

    The alternative to Midodrine (correct spelling) is benadryl. Try to use the Midodrine in small amounts, and only when you need to stand, not during, unless your BP drops drastically. We use half of...
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    transfermaster

    We have one for my wife, and I have the mnatching twin form me. They work great. We have the joystick control, and it works great. With a gel mattress, it is a little high for her wheelchair- I have...
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